Tara and Owen ‘Digger’ McCarthy at Castle Rock Brewery with brewer Dan Mason as preparations are made to brew ‘Dennis McCarthy’
Dennis McCarthy, the London-born broadcaster who came to Nottingham as a wartime refugee and went on to become the city’s best loved radio personality, has become the latest individual to be honoured by the Nottinghamian range.
This is our first Nottinghamian Celebration Ale of 2018, with three more on the way later in the year. ‘Dennis McCarthy’ is available now throughout Castle Rock pubs which coincides with the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio Nottingham. The station began broadcasting on January 31st 1968 with Dennis becoming an integral part of the team later in the year. Dennis’ shows were subsequently broadcast across Derby, Leicester and Lincolnshire, making his voice inescapable throughout the East Midlands.
Dennis McCarthy was a family man, most proud of his children and of the award of his MBE given in 1991 for services to broadcasting. Prior to his time on the wireless, he had been a decorator, washing-machine salesman and dog-breeder. It was an interview he conducted at the Crufts dog show that convinced radio bosses to give him a job on air. By the mid-1980s, his Sunday morning show, co-presented by daughter Tara and produced by son Digger, attracted one in six of Nottinghamshire’s public.
Tara says: “What a wonderful way to celebrate Dennis’ memory in time for the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Radio Nottingham by a local brewery with an extremely impressive setup. Dennis would have enjoyed a half of his London Porter, sitting in one of Castle Rock’s many impressive pubs.”
‘Dennis McCarthy’, the ale, will be a 4.3 abv London Porter, a style chosen by Tara to mark her father’s birthplace in the East End of London.
Castle Rock’s Lewis Townsend says it will be an ideal winter warmer. “Basically, this is an English porter; but there are two additions of locally roasted Colombian coffee, one in the hopback and one much later in the brewing process. This has given the beer a wonderful front-end rich coffee aroma as well as a great depth, thanks to the complex malt we’ve used.”